Animals

The House Agriculture Committee has adopted an amendment to the 2012 Farm bill which impedes states from imposing their own standards on imported agriculture products. The Amendment was introduced by Rep. Steven King, R-Iowa, who acknowledges that he proposed the amendment in response to a California law banning eggs from hens living in inhumane conditions. […]

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You may have seen them while you were driving the interstates of America. Peering out from the back or the side of a long tractor trailer, in cages stacked row upon row.  Maybe you even made eye contact with a few as you drove along in your car with the heat or air conditioner keeping […]

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A recent study has shown that babies who spend time around pet dogs had fewer respiratory tract symptoms or infections than babies who grow up in pet-free homes. “We offer preliminary evidence that dog ownership may be protective against respiratory tract infections during the first year of life,” the study stated. “We speculate that animal […]

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This time of year, animal shelters around the country are overwhelmed with an influx of stray kittens. That is because it’s kitten season, a time during which cats breed, starting in late spring and lasting through the summer until early to mid fall. During these months animal shelters’ resources and labor force are stretched. The […]

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A critical vote is coming up in mid-July that could determine the future of horse slaughter in the United States. The House of Representatives will consider the Agriculture Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2013 containing the Moran Amendment, which prohibits federal spending for USDA inspections of horse slaughter facilities. Stopping allocations in the agricultural budget […]

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If you’re not jaded enough by the extensive animal abuse in America, then perhaps it’s time to learn about our worldwide epidemic of animal exploitation. A recent article in the Taipei Times details how the animal welfare advocacy group EAST (Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan) discovered and videotaped evidence of animal cruelty in two […]

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A report released on June 28by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) finds that a change in Americans’ diet can help save the planet. The report, titled “Grade A Choice? Solutions for Deforestation Free Meat,”  points to beef production as a major cause of climate change. The UCS describes meat as an “ecologically inefficient” product […]

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UNIQLO, the Japanese clothing company, recently announced that it will no longer procure wool from farms which practice mulesing of sheep. The decision was made in response to pressure applied by animal rights activists and groups, most notably PETA.  “As a global company, we at UNIQLO take the concerns of our global community  very seriously… […]

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Rhode Island is a state of many firsts. Nicknamed the “Ocean State” and considered the smallest, it certainly does not shy away from being the first to take big steps towards progress in the right direction. Not only was Rhode Island the first of the original 13 colonies and the first colony to declare independence […]

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In March 2011, U.S. Representative Gerlach, along with Reps. Farr, Capps and Young introduced a law that would make bring all commercial dog breeders, including puppy mills, under commercial oversight. The law is called the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act and is still pending in the House of Representatives. According to the ASPCA, […]

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